Join Us: “MLMA 101” Orientation Conference Call

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public to learn about the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. We hope you will join us for a conversation about the upcoming process:

“Marine Life Management Act 101” Orientation
Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Conference Number: (218) 339-7804 | Conference ID: 7927150

Agenda (PDF)

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area, and Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Russian River Estuary. “Goat Rock and the Russian River” by W. Hsieh, CC BY  2.0

You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (Part Two)

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Pacific staghorn sculpins (Leptocottus armatus). The species name armatus is Greek for “armed,” referring to the antler-like spines on the fish’s gill covers. photo by F. Shaughnessy

This is Part Two of a special installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One of the installment investigated what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections that are in place to safeguard it. This final installment takes an inside look at recent research documenting the current state of the marine recreational management area. Continue reading

2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now available on CDFW’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas website.

Adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission at their August 24 meeting, the plan sets a statewide foundation for the MPA Management Program to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

For more information about California’s MPAs, please visit the California MPA website.


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Updating the MLMA Master Plan: Committed to Improving Fishery Management through Greater Efficiency and Transparency

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Snowy egret keeps watch over bay shrimp commercial trawl gear on San Francisco Bay. CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), together with our partners including tribes and stakeholders, is preparing to amend the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan. The amended MLMA Master Plan will be designed to:

  • Enhance the sustainability of the state’s ocean fisheries;
  • Help promote more efficient, effective, and streamlined fisheries management;
  • Establish a clear pathway detailing the management approach for each fishery, and
  • Foster transparency and flexibility in fisheries management with tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public. Continue reading